Karen's Sleuthing Background
Between assignments as a technology journalist, I googled my parents’ names. What was I hoping to find? Both were Polish Jews--one a refugee who arrived in the U.S. in 1939 and the other survived the Holocaust as a slave laborer. So much had already been written about the Holocaust. But I had access to my mother's oral history and a massive collection of inherited portraits, photographs, letters from her family’s prosperous Jewish life in Poland before WWII. These treasures inspired me to embark on the family history quest detailed in the documentary and the five-part doc series. I’m also writing a memoir that includes many details we had to leave out.